Flood warnings issued as ‘torrential downpours’ expected in run-up to Christmas

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Families and businesses across Britain could see their houses flooded in the days leading up to Christmas as a wave of weather warnings have been issued.

River levels remain high in a number of locations after massive downpours from Storm Barra earlier in the week.

And more misery could be on the way as up 30 to 40mm of rain now threatens to cause flooding across England and Wales, according to the Express.co.uk.

The Environment Agency has issued a total of 34 weather warnings in a number of areas for Friday, with 3 urgent flood warnings and 31 flood alerts in place.

The three areas affected by flood warnings include River Stour and Bumpstead Brook in the Braintree district of Essex, River Bollin at Little Bollington in Cheshire, and the River Vyrnwy on the Shropshire side of the Welsh border.

A cold and rainy day is expected elsewhere today with hailstorms for some. Most showers will clear towards the end of the day.

The Met Office forecast for Friday 10 December reads: "Early rain over the far east of the UK soon clearing. Otherwise, cold and windy with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

"Some eastern parts will miss the showers and stay dry."

In a spot of good news, meteorologists have pencilled in a period of unseasonably mild weather for next week as a blast of air from the Azores looks to bring a tropical flavour to the festive period.

Jim Dale from British Weather Services told The Sun: “We are about to get a sub-tropical airflow starting on Saturday, and we could see temperatures in the south reaching 14C.

“This is air coming in from Spain and the Azores Islands, and while a cold front will come in after the weekend, the generally mild weather will hold out for about a week."

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